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Merging Warehouse Operations: The Pitfalls

May 28, 2013

merging an industrial operation is difficult

Merging two formerly separate industrial operations can be more difficult, expensive, and time consuming than creating an entirely new plant. After all, even in the best of scenarios, it’s almost always easier to start with a blank slate. But in these days of consolidations and cost cutting, this can happen to almost any company.  Planning and open communications is the key in general, but there are specific issues you should be aware of.

What are some pitfalls, and how can you avoid them?

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What Causes Pallet Rack Collapses?

May 15, 2013

Pallet Rack System

We have all seen the spectacular (sometimes humorous), but often horrifying videos of rack collapses. They’re all over YouTube. But what really happens to cause these dangerous incidents?

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Video: Forklift Approach Warning Light in Action

April 29, 2013

Forklift approach warning lights are an economical way to help alert people on foot to the approach of a forklift, AGV, or other industrial vehicle. In this case, we are able to show you how visible these lights can be in a setting where an order picking vehicle is traveling through a rack aisle, and where someone’s perspective might not allow them to see the approaching danger. The light is very visible, up to fifteen feet preceding the lift.

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Video: Seegrid Automated Industrial Truck

April 26, 2013

This video displays a Seegrid automated industrial truck, at our recent Open House and Automation Exhibit. The Seegrid truck navigated a large warehouse, interacting frequently with attendees to demonstrate its route learning and safety features. “I trust it more than many forklift drivers I’ve been around,” said one attendee. (Seegrid trucks have a 100% safety record, so that trust is well-founded).

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Joel Pason is Cisco-Eagle 2012-2013 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 23, 2013

Joel Pason accepts the Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner of the Year award

Joel Pason has been named Cisco-Eagle’s Employee-Owner of the Year (click for more details).

The award recognizes an employee-owner that has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support the ownership culture at Cisco-Eagle during the fiscal year. Pason, a Project Manager in our Oklahoma City Systems & Design group, has been with Cisco-Eagle since 1999.

Congratulations to Joel!

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Video: Slip & Trip Accidents

April 8, 2013



Check out this video from ESH Safety News America for some common ways people fall in a variety of situations. The video is informative, and sometimes funny (see the shovel part), but the consequences of a slip & fall accident certainly are no laughing matter.

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How to Reduce Wasted “Walking” Time in Distribution Operations

April 7, 2013

warehouse worker walking in an industrial plant

There isn’t much value in a worker walking across a facility; value is realized at work areas, not in transit between them. In many operations, order pickers can walk as many as 12 miles a day. This level of walking makes workers tired and more prone to error, injuries, and declines in productivity. While some degree of walking is unavoidable, much of this is simply commuting time to retrieve supplies, or inefficient design that makes the job harder and less efficient than it should be.

How can you reduce time walking, and increase the time people spend getting things done?

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A Guide to Pallet Rack Wire Decking Finishes

April 3, 2013

wire decking for pallet rack

There’s a lot of confusion about the different finishes that can be applied to a pallet rack wire deck. Various manufacturers offer different finishes, and you may have need of more than one of them for different types of storage applications. Nashville Wire, our rack decking supplier, has sent us this super-basic primer on the common finish options.

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Don’t Climb that Pallet Rack!

March 18, 2013

To save time, people  sometimes climb pallet racks to pick orders or do other things. This should never happen. While  it’s faster to climb than it is to bring a rolling stair ladder or a forklift in to do it right, it’s dangerous and counterproductive. Do it long enough and there will be injuries.

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Open House & Automation Exhibition at Cisco-Eagle

March 15, 2013

You're invited to Cisco-Eagle

Cisco-Eagle is opening our doors on April 18, 2013 for a day of education and fun at our Dallas offices. The Open House and Automation Exhibition will feature commentary from Mike Cicco, General Manager of FANUC North America. He’ll provide a brief review of the newest robotics technology and applications, and will be available to field any questions you might have about the future of robotics in industrial automation. We’ll have a demo of Seegrid’s automated, driverless lift trucks, as well as AisleCop® Safety Gate Systems, Hytrol e24 Conveyors, and much more. Click below for full details. We’ll be serving lunch, door prizes, and good conversation. Come see us!

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